8 Lessons From Epicurus, The Creator Of The School Of Philosophy

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Epicurus was an ancient Greek philosopher and the founder of the school of philosophy known as Epicureanism.

In Epicurus philosophy, the purpose of life is to attain happiness through peace and freedom from fear.

Epicurus believed that the universe is eternal, life is the final being; there is nothing call life after death.

8 Lessons from Epicurus Philosophy

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for. – Epicurus

I can relate this with mindfulness living, living in the present moment, without the worries of the future. It is our tendency to look for the desires that we don’t have in our life, but often this tendency leads us to the door of unhappiness.
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Wise is he who knows that the trouble he is facing now is not a curse for him; it’s a shower of blessing to develop himself. It is our lack of knowledge that leads us to panic and worries, but if we stop for a while and think about the situation again, we will see that the situation we are facing now, which seems as misfortunes, often it becomes the time we remember and laugh the most.

Luxurious food and drinks, in no way, protect you from harm. Wealth beyond what is natural is no more use than an overflowing container – Epicurus

The general term of measuring happiness by us is to measure the amount of asset we have, but assets can not measure real happiness, if the asset is the main reason behind happiness, then people with enough prosperity would not be unhappy.

He who is not satisfied with a little is satisfied with nothing. –
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It is not because that they made a bad judgment or they made a lot of mistakes, but because we lack peace in ourselves, in our soul. A soul that is complete and living without any worries has fewer chances to be angry with others, as he knows that anger is not a way to protest, it is just a sign of weakness.

Let no one be slow to seek wisdom when he is young nor weary in the search of it when he has grown old. For no age is too early or too late for the health of the soul. – Epicurus

One of my favorite Epicurus lessons is the above one, as it suggests us to make a little change in our lifestyle. It gives us a hint that the source of happiness and completeness of our soul comes from our thoughts, the way we produce it if you decide to renounce your gossip tendencies and replace it with higher thoughts if you talk about the philosophy in place of food, assets, and gadgets.

“You don’t develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity.” – Epicurus

Difficulties are the lessons that teach us how to face adversities in our life, happiness never able to do that, as like failures are the Stair to claim success. A man who always lived in luxury will never be able to praise small happiness, as it would be hard for him to recognize

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